Seine River & Canal Saint Martin Cruise from Musee d'Orsay

Seine River & Canal Saint Martin Cruise from Musee d'Orsay

From $26.11 per person

Enjoy a lovely cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River in Paris. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral and under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of Paris as you cruise from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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English, French


  • Cruise along the Seine River and the Canal St-Martin
  • Discover a secret side of the Paris waterways
  • Soak up a romantic atmosphere as you cruise by chestnut trees and lovely pedestrian bridges
  • Go past the sites of the old gibbet and Dead Lock
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
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Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you pass the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Institute of France, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the magnificent hotels of the Ile Saint Louis. Your adventure continues at the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Then enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  
  • 2.5-hour cruise
  • French and English commentary
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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      Meeting point

      Quai Anatole France, the boat is moored at the Port of Solférino, just below the Orsay Museum. To reach the Solférino Port, you can use the wooden main staircase. Important: be at the boat 15 minutes before departure.

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      • Cruises run on a daily basis from the middle of March through to the middle of November each year, and upon availability outside those dates for groups of more than 40 people.
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      4.3 /5

      based on 337 reviews

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      It was a nice tour of the river and the canals. Going thru 9 locks is cool. Everyone should know that this tour ends 7km away from where it begins. It does not start/stop in the same place. You should definitely bring drinks/snacks, as it is 2 - 2.5hrs long. Nice casual way to spend the morning. But again, walking 1.5hrs back (or 38mins by car) is ridiculous after a tour.

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      July 30, 2019

      Good value canal st martin

      Excellent trip and commentary. Would have helped to have drinking water available on a hot day. Also directions to embarkation need improvement - the indication that the boat leaves opposite the musee d’orsay are misleading - you need to walk down the wooden steps and TURN LEFT - opposite the musee is the batobus terminal I

      July 13, 2019

      Interesting cruise

      Very educational cruise along Seine River and through 9 canals. The guide pointed out and described landmarks along the banks of the Seine as we cruised past them, and spoke in French and then in English. We were amazed to experience on the boat each loch being closed by steel doors on both ends, to allow water to gush in. This elevated the water level to reach the water level of the next loch, so the boat could continue moving forward. A very pleasant cruise that I would recommend for all ages from 7 years to 97 years old!

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      June 22, 2019

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